Future London Leaders Round 12

The twelfth round of Future London Leaders runs from January – June March 2016. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Sigrid Blackman (2)Sigrid Blackman
Senior Public Health Commissioning Manager (Substance Misuse), LB Hounslow

“In Hounslow, public health falls within ‘regeneration and environment’ – recognising the intertwined nature of the environment and health. I’m responsible for commissioning substance misuse addiction and homeless health services, ensuring residents receive support to recover and participate in society, reducing long-term costs and contributing to a better living environment. My experience in the UK and Australia spans analysis, strategy, service review and project management – all with the aim of improving health.  I’m delighted to be selected for FLL, which I hope will broaden my leadership skills and understanding of the sector, allowing me to positively influence the health of Londoners.”

G Burgess 129 (2)Gerard Burgess
Senior Strategic Planner, Greater London Authority

“I work for the GLA preparing spatial planning policy and evidence for the Mayor’s London Plan, covering a diverse range of subjects including office development and industry, culture and retailing, London’s Opportunity Areas, town centres and the Central Activities Zone. Prior to the GLA I worked in planning and regeneration with Hyde Housing and the London boroughs of Greenwich and Hackney.  It’s a great opportunity to be part of the Future London Leaders programme and I am looking forward to meeting others and learning new leadership skills together.”

Rachel Cockerill (2)Rachel Cockerill
Regeneration Manager, LB Newham

“I have worked in public sector development for 9 years and have substantial experience in delivering large-scale mixed use regeneration schemes. In my current role at LB Newham, I work with public and private sector partners on a number of developments, centred around the provision of new homes, job creation, improved connectivity and place-making. Through my participation in FLL, I look forward to meeting other professionals from across  the regeneration sector and to developing my leadership and strategic thinking skills.”

Francesca CollocaFrancesca Colloca
ACCENTS Project Manager, Poplar HARCA

“I initiate, design and deliver area regeneration projects that focus on developing the arts, culture, community, enterprise, technology and sustainability in the East End. My projects use creative partnerships to drive local change and empower communities, leading to a re-invigoration of place and economy. Recently I designed and delivered a GLA-backed High Street Fund project focusing on the regeneration of Chrisp Street Market. As a Project Manager I embrace imaginative thinking and curiosity — asking ‘why not’ and finding ways to get things done.  I have a passion for exploring ways for people to live together and encouraging civic participation.  I am committed to ensuring that London’s renaissance is fit for local communities and for its future ones…and thoroughly enjoy what I do!”

Sally Corbin (2)Sally Corbin
Technical Manager, Thames Valley Housing

“I have spent the last 14 years working for private property developers, mainly regeneration projects in urban areas, undertaking technical reviews and assisting with planning applications and detailed design development. I now work for Thames Valley Housing, as Technical Manager and am responsible for the design packages on most of our land led schemes. I am hoping that FLL will broaden my understanding of the relationships between housing and other public sector bodies.”

Nasser Farooq (2)Nasser Farooq
Team Leader – East Area, Development Management, LB Tower Hamlets

“Approaching 10 years at LB Tower Hamlets, I have dealt with a fascinating range of applications including some of the largest planning applications in London, amounting to some 5000 new dwellings in just three years!  I am now responsible for managing a team of planners within the East Area.  This involves providing support and assistance in forming a recommendation and ensuring assessments of applications are sound.”

Elizabeth Gardner (2)

Elizabeth Gardner
Work Redbridge Manager, LB Redbridge

“I joined Redbridge in 2009 and now manage the Work Redbridge employment and skills service, which supports residents into work and training and helps them benefit from opportunities being created from wider development and economic and business growth across the borough. I have experience in stakeholder engagement, developing partnerships and creating innovative projects that respond to the needs of residents. I am looking forward to enhancing my skills further on FLL – learning from my peers, broadening my knowledge and understanding of the sector and developing my leadership skills.”

Kate Gibbs (2)Kate Gibbs
Business Growth and Partnerships Manager, LB Camden

“I have worked in economic development for over 10 years, beginning in programme and project management before broadening my experience to include strategy and policy development.  As Business Growth and Partnerships Manager at Camden, I am responsible for enabling the delivery of the council’s ambition to create the conditions for growth by ensuring we have the infrastructure that our businesses need.   I work with a range of partners, including elected members and internal teams, businesses and key stakeholders like the GLA and the LEP.  I am looking forward to developing my leadership skills through FLL as well as learning about best practice from around London.”

Veenesha Kumar photo (2)Veenesha Kumar
Project Officer – Blackhorse Lane Housing Zone, LB Waltham Forest

“As part of the strategic regeneration team at Waltham Forest, my focus is delivering the Blackhorse Lane Housing Zone. This is a GLA-funded programme which seeks to accelerate housing, provide enhanced infrastructure new jobs. My role involves project management and coordination, liaising with  stakeholders and establishing partnerships with cross-departmental colleagues. I’m excited to be involved in the creation of new neighbourhood in London. Through FLL, I look forward to developing my leadership skills, learning from my peers and gaining a holistic view of regeneration in practice.”

J.Marshall photoJoe Marshall
Business Development Manager, Catalyst Housing

“My role requires me to lead teams from across the business in order to deliver projects that contribute to the growth and development of the business. Prior to joining Catalyst, I enjoyed a variety of roles within a specialist-supported housing association, ranging from operational housing management to implementing new supported housing schemes. I am looking forward to meeting and learning from other professionals across the sector on the Future London Leaders programme.”

Julien Mas (2)Julien Mas
Portfolio Sponsor – Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration, Transport for London

“I have over 10 years’ experience in project management and sponsorship at TfL, mostly major highway improvements projects linked to growth and regeneration, for example Brent Cross Cricklewood. I am now starting a Technical Sponsor role with Crossrail 2. I lead on the design of a whole section (stations, tunnels and shafts), developing project requirements and supporting the preparation of the business case in order to secure funding for the next phases of design and delivery. I am delighted to be part of FLL and aim to increase my exposure to senior management particularly at political level.”


Stuart Pearson PHOTO (2)Stuart Pearson
Assistant Director, Circle Housing

“I have worked in social housing for 15 years, delivering in a variety of roles at different levels. This has predominantly been in Income Management although over the last five years this has also included Voids and Allocations, Decants, Disrepair and Housing Options. My current role involves leading a team of over 30 staff across three teams to deliver resident focused services, high performance and continuous improvement and I have a strong track record of leading high performing teams and service reviews. I want to develop existing and new skills and learn from others on the programme.”

Liz Skelland (2)Liz Skelland
Tottenham Programme Manager, LB Haringey

“I joined Haringey in 2014 as programme manager for the Tottenham Regeneration Programme. Prior to that, I was a senior programme manager at the London Legacy Development Corporation, where I undertook a secondment to the GLA in 2012 to the City Operations Programme for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I’m looking forward to learning from others through Future London Leaders and further developing my skills. ”

Scott Smith - Photo (2)Scott Smith
Project Officer, Property – Kent County Council

“I have worked in the public sector for eight years, four of which have been in my current team, Property. I am now working on a project relating to dealing with times of austerity within the public sector and changing the way Property is delivered for customers and key stakeholders. I have also been part of Community Safety working in partnership with a number of blue-light services, neighbourhood watch services and parish councils around the county of Kent. I am keen to develop my leadership skills and learn from other professionals.”


Future London Leaders Round 11

The eleventh round of Future London Leaders runs from September 2015 – March 2016. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Shehzad AhmedShehzad Ahmed
Economic Development Officer, LB Harrow

“I have 14 years’ experience in regenerating neighbourhoods and town centres through economic development (place, business and employment) and community development. I also have experience in setting up partnerships with stakeholders (public, private and C&VS); securing and attracting funding; and consultation. I’ve worked on the South Kilburn New Deal for Communities programme (LB Brent), Southall Big Plan, Everyone Active Acton Centre (LB Ealing) and am now working on an exciting economic development and regeneration programme to build a better Harrow.”

Housing and Land Advocate Rhona Brown photographed on 04.12.14

Rhona Brown
Senior Housing Policy Officer, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority

“I joined the GLA in 2013 and lead on the housing policy team’s private rented sector work, where I’m responsible for delivering the Mayor’s London Rental Standard. Prior to that, I worked at the National Housing Federation for three years as a policy officer, specialising in housing investment policy, welfare benefit reform, temporary accommodation and homelessness. Before that, I spent four years as a research assistant for an MP, focusing on policy relating to HMO licensing, renewable energy, retrofit and fuel poverty.”

Simon Chambers
Programme Officer, Regeneration South, LB Southwark

“In my role with LB Southwark, I focus on the redevelopment of the Aylesbury Estate. My work involves liaising with a large number of stakeholders and balancing the needs of residents with commercial considerations for the redevelopment. I have a varied background, having worked in regeneration and children’s services in other local authorities. In LB Southwark I worked on a range of strategic corporate projects before joining the regeneration team. Through FLL, I’m looking forward to developing my leadership skills and learning from colleagues in the industry.”

Louise Caves
Strategic Partnership Manager, A2Dominion

“I’ve worked in housing, regeneration and partnership management for 10 years, for local authorities and in my current role for housing provider A2Dominion. I’m part of a team delivering the UK’s first eco-town, NW Bicester, a masterplan providing 6,000 true zero-carbon homes. Leading on stakeholder engagement, governance, communications, employment, training and projects including sustainable transport and real-time in-home information, I am passionate about building truly sustainable communities. I look forward to FLL to learn from peers and projects across the sector and to increase my ability as a strategic thinker.”

Huw Jones
Housing Projects Officer, LB Lambeth

“Working as a project officer with Lambeth, I’m helping to deliver an ambitious programme of new-build housing and estate regeneration. Having worked in housing for 10 years, I’ve been fortunate to work in both private and public sectors, with projects as diverse as leading a council procurement team accommodating homeless families to project-managing residential earthquake repairs with engineering firm AECOM in New Zealand! All jobs are about people first and foremost, and I look forward to meeting and learning from the other talented people on Future London Leaders.”

Sarah Jones
Senior Planning Development Manager, London Legacy Development Corporation

“I began my planning career in New Zealand before moving to the UK in 2006. Prior to the LLDC, I worked in local authorities, managing teams dealing with planning applications, enforcement and appeals. In my current role, I’m responsible for managing large-scale regeneration projects, providing pre-application advice and negotiating on planning applications. I deal with both private- and public-sector projects, often with tight delivery timeframes. I hope FLL will increase my knowledge and experience within my field and allow me to positively influence development within London.”

Andrew MunkAndrew Munk
Programme Manager, Ways into Work, LB Hackney

“The aim of the Ways into Work employment and skills programme is to ensure unemployed residents in Hackney fully benefit from the opportunities being created by Hackney’s economic growth. Working within the wider Regeneration team, I am passionate about adopting a holistic approach to regeneration, developing thriving places and communities which are well-designed and vibrant places to live, work and relax. I look forward to participating in the FLL programme – meeting new people, learning from different perspectives on regeneration, and having the opportunity to build on my leadership skills.”

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Principal Transport Planner, LB Ealing

“I have worked for the LB Ealing Transport Planning Service since 2010 and currently manage a small team in the Projects and Policy section.  I possess a degree and diploma in town planning plus over twelve years’ experience of transport planning, including policy & strategy issues, highways, developments, airports, light rail, buses, rail, underground, taxis, walking and cycling.  I have worked on different sized schemes and budgets plus and also with consultancies.  I am looking forward to learning more on FLL, particularly management skills, partnership working and leading change.”

Marcelle SmithMarcelle Smith
Housing and Support Team Leader, LB Lewisham

“My employment and motivation have always involved working with and supporting teams to provide services to vulnerable housing clients. I currently manage two teams: the Floating Support Service  offers support to tenants in all forms of temporary accommodation, while the other provides tenancy management services to tenants in Hostels and Private Sector Leased properties. This is very challenging work, particularly within the current Welfare Reform agenda.  I look forward to sharing ideas and developing my management skills and style so that I can provide effective and innovative services in this ever-changing market.”

Tracey St. Hill
Registered Provider and Development Officer, LB Tower Hamlets

“I’ve worked in public-sector housing for 15 years, mainly in housing management. I then moved into development where I became a project manager on mixed-tenure schemes. At LB Tower Hamlets, my role involves working with senior management of the registered providers in the borough to improve housing management and development standards through partnership structures. Restructuring has increased emphasis on development and I’m keen to enhance my understanding and strategic thinking in this area.”

Dan Taylor
Planning Officer, Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, LB Wandsworth

“As part of the VNEB Opportunity Area team, I work on a number of developments to help deliver the strategic aims for the area, centred on the provision of high-density housing, job creation and greater connectivity. My role involves liaising with stakeholders, participating in community engagement and negotiating S106 agreements. Through Future London Leaders, I aim to develop the strategic and commercial skills to confidently influence decision-making and lead on cross-discipline and partnership working.”

Jayne Tunstall
New Business Project Manager, Hyde Group

“I have worked in public sector development for over 15 years in a variety of roles, developing homes from small infill sites to large-scale multi-phased regeneration projects, and more recently a large stock transfer. I have considerable experience in complex mixed-use project delivery and have successfully secured planning permission for a number of projects across London. I am keen to add to my existing skills, develop my leadership skills and obtain a strategic overview, and look forward to learning from others.”

Peter Quigley
Strategy and Research Analyst, Peabody

“I’ve worked in a range of roles for Peabody since 2011; for the last two years, I have led on Peabody’s strategic research and analysis, including an in-depth project to inform Peabody’s Older People’s Strategy, with an inaugural Impact Report 2015. Previous roles include working in the team developing Peabody’s corporate website and content-editing the 150th anniversary website. I am delighted to be on Future London Leaders, and aim to develop my knowledge and skills, and meet and learn from other professionals across the sector.”

To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.